Terror and South Asia
With Osama Bin Laden dead and the subsequent developments that took place in America’s war on terror lately, can we safely assume that the world is finally at peace? Is it good riddance from terrorism and blatant killings of the past decade? Does Laden’s death mark the end of an era of terror and destruction? While the American public rejoices in their victory, the government of Pakistan faces some tough questions. As an ally against the war on terror, the event questions the position of the much-trusted Pakistani intelligence and military. Does the American operation to hunt down and kill Osama point to a failure of the Pakistani defense systems? The fact that Pakistani authorities were unaware of Osama’s presence in the vicinity cannot be overlooked. If it was a matter of incompetence, the authorities need to work harder, but if they tended to overlook the extremist ideology and instead focused on a selective approach to outdo the ter- rorists, it is time that hard efforts are put in with a single-minded effort to root out terrorism.